Whether you’re a long-time local or planning your first visit to Toronto, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite family-friendly activities (in any season!) you might not have thought of.
From yummy eats to physical adventures, we’ve got you covered!
Grab some Dim Sum in Chinatown
Dim sum is a traditional Chinese meal made up of small plates of dumplings and other snack dishes. The interactive meal is great for tiny hands (who just love to reach at everything) and all the lively action is entertainment in itself. Looking for a few suggestions? Here are our team’s favourite downtown spots: Dim Sum King (offers cart service), Rol San, The Pearl Harbourfront.
Spend the day at High Park
High Park is Toronto's largest public park featuring a handful of hiking trails, a zoo (open daily from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.) and one of Ontario’s largest outdoor playgrounds, located by the Duck Pond, close to the High Park Blvd. entrance from Parkside Ave. Bonus: Ride the subway out to High Park Station for an added adventure.
Enjoy the little things at Little Canada
Little Canada is Toronto’s newest attraction for locals and tourists alike - a highly detailed and awe-inspiring miniature attraction, highlighting famous landmarks, iconic cityscapes and little stories. A true celebration of the very best of Canada. Get your tickets here.
Explore your wild side at the Toronto Zoo
Whether their favourite animal is a mighty lion or a slithering snake, the Toronto Zoo is guaranteed to have something for every little one in your life. Can’t make it in person? Throughout March Break, the Toronto Zoo is hosting daily Facebook lives to learn more about the over 4,000 animals that call the Toronto Zoo home. Check out all the details here.
Ride the 501 Streetcar from one end to the other
The 501 Queen Street card is an east-west route, spanning from Neville Park Loop (east) to Long Branch Loop (west). Grab a TTC Day Pass and ride the route, jumping on/off to enjoy all the bright and vibrant neighborhoods along the way. Check out the boardwalk in the Beaches, grab ice cream at Ed’s Real Scoop in Leslieville, and stop by our Showroom on Queen West before taking a break in Trinity Bellwoods Park.
Hit up a climbing gym
An activity the whole family can enjoy, indoor climbing gyms are the perfect place to spend a couple hours putting all that extra energy to work! The cushy mats and open concept make these gyms the ideal place for kids of any age. Looking for a gym in your area? Here are our team’s favourite spots: Joe Rockheads (Liberty Village), Basecamp (Bloor West & Queen West), Boulderz (Etobicoke).
Take a food tour
Toronto is known for its vast and diverse food scene. With over 7,500 restaurants in the City alone, there are more than a few options to choose from. Let the experts guide you through one of Toronto’s many unique foodie destinations, such as Kensington Market, St. Lawrence Market, Little India and more. Be sure to bring your appetite!
Get in touch with your creative side at the AGO
With a collection of more than 90000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. They also offer a variety of creative programs and activities specifically for kids. Can’t make it in person? Every Tuesday in March, the AGO is offering a family friendly Mohawk Language course designed by Miss Kristi Talbot, a Registered Early Childhood Educator to teach classic nursery rhymes and children's songs in the Mohawk language. Check out all the details here.
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